It is a common misconception among students that following graduation there will be an abundance of job opportunities, and by simply earning a degree, they will be competitive in the job market. Through a review of relevant literature, this article examines college graduate employment statistics and the skills employers desire most in new hires. Using this literature as a contextual lens, the benefits of experiential learning as a way for college students to maximize their degree is discussed. The research shows that these types of learning opportunities are essential in helping students grow, learn, realize their potential, explore different career paths, gain professional experiences, network, and become more prepared for their careers. Limitations and concerns are also addressed, and the article is concluded with a discussion outlining implications for educators that include helping students understand the value of experiential learning, providing students a range of experiential learning opportunities, and teaching students how to gain transferable skills that employers desire in new hires.

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